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Rule 11-511. Screening panel composition;responsibilities.

(a) Screening panel composition.The Committee members, except for the Committee chair and vice chairs, aredivided into four screening panel sections of five members each, including fourLawyers and one public member. Whenever a screening panel is assigned aComplaint involving a licensed paralegal practitioner, the Committee chair may,as practical, assign up to two Committee members who are licensed paralegalpractitioners to the screening panel.

(b) Screening panel number. Allscreening panel hearings must have five panel members present unless allparties agree to fewer than five, but not fewer than three, panel members. Apanel chair or vice chair and a public member must be present at each screeningpanel hearing.

(c) Chair and vice chair. TheSupreme Court will name a chair and vice chair for each screening panel. Thechair or, in the chair?s absence, vice chair presides over screeningpanel hearings. The panel chair may call upon the vice chair to assist inany of the panel chair?s duties. Chairs or vice chairs from other panels mayconduct hearings if the regular chair and vice chair are unable to attend. Ifthe chair is removed or resigns, the vice chair will become the chair, and theCourt will appoint a Committee member to serve as vice chair.

(d) Voting. A majority vote of thosemembers present and voting at any proceeding is required for a screening paneldetermination. The chair, or vice chair if the chair is not present, may notvote unless necessary to break a tie. The chair or vice chair may, however,fully participate in the proceeding.

(e) Meetings. Each screeningpanel meets as is necessary to effectively and promptly carry out its duties.The Committee chair may convene the entire Committee at such other times asnecessary to effectively and promptly carry out the Committee?s duties.

(f) Alternates.Members of any screening panel may serve as alternate members on differentscreening panels. The Committee chair and the Committee vice chairs may serveas alternate members on all screening panels.

(g) Responsibilities.

(1) Complaints are randomly assigned to a screeningpanel. The screening panels review and hear all Complaints charging that aLawyer engaged in unethical or unprofessional conduct, and may consider anyother relevant information. Screening panels determine the action to be takenon any Complaint that, in applying these rules to the facts of the case, ismost consistent with the public interest and the Rules of Professional Conductor Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct.

(2) Unless otherwise provided in this article,whenever the OPC may be present before a screening panel during a hearing, theRespondent may also be present.

EffectiveDecember 15, 2020